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Join UCI in an Anteater celebration of the
2023 Lunar New Year - Rain or Shine!

A joyous celebration filled with wishes for health, luck and prosperity throughout the year
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

See our detailed event schedule below.

Note that street festival activities will move indoors due to forecasted rain. The Dragon Dance and the Feeding of the Lions will kick-off the celebration at 3:30 p.m. in the Barclay Theatre.


UCI's multicultural celebration is filled with rich traditions such as the red envelope, a colorful parade with an animated dragon and prancing lions. The stage comes to life through musical performances filled with colorful costumes, while guests make wishes for hope, health and happiness at the wishing tree. The festival comes to an end with a wondrous nighttime lightshow, as a nod to the traditional firecrackers, celebrating the coming of the New Year.
UCI's Lunar New Year Celebration is made possible through our generous supporters – South Coast Plaza, Charlie & Ling Zhang, UCI Long-US China Institute, Carol & Eugene Choi and Disney - and partners including the School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities, Center for Critical Korean Studies, East Asian Studies, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI Libraries, School of Social Ecology, School of Law and The Paul Merage School of Business.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | UCI East Asian Studies
UCI Student Center

The origins of the Lunar New Year are thousands of years old and steeped in the cultures of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Participants enjoy a hands-on exploration of how the holiday is celebrated globally – featuring game booths, and arts and crafts stations.

Participation is free and open to students and community members.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | UCI Long-U.S. China Institute
Screening and Q&A: Beethoven in Beijing
Barclay Theatre | Submit Questions

An inside look at the Philadelphia Orchestra's historic 1973 tour at the dawn of China's music revival. The film reveals how this artistic reawakening in China synergized the world of music. A conversation and Q&A will follow with co-producer Jennifer Lin, conductor Jindong Cai and historian Sheila Melvin, facilitated by HU Ying, professor and chair of UCI's Department of East Asian Studies.

Admission is free and open to the public; seats must be reserved in advance online.
3:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Lunar New Year Festival
Barclay Lobby and Theatre

This special event is a fun-filled day for family and members of the community. The festival comes alive with Asian-inspired delectable bites, colorful costumes, featuring the traditional dragon dance, the feeding of the lions, UCI Hansori, Hikari Taiko Drummers, UCI KPOP, along with musical and dance performances.

*Be sure to find a seat early for the Dragon Dance and Feeding of the Lions*

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public; no RSVPs or tickets required.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Trio Barclay and UCI Department of Music Students
Barclay Theatre

Join the Trio Barclay and UCI Department of Music students for an intimate one night only Lunar New Year musical experience.

Admission is free and open to the public; seats must be reserved in advance online.
This event is free and open to the public. Barclay Theatre events requiring seat reservations - as noted above - must be scheduled online. UCI guest parking is available for $2 per hour or $13 per day in the Social Science Parking Structure or Student Center Parking Structure.

For further information, please contact Melissa Churlonis,